Charivari is a very unique word, and it represents a very interesting movement in Detroit happening right now. Charivari is a new music festival in a city where music is a distinctly defining characteristic, and it’s lineup is comprised of only Detroit talent. Happening August 2nd and 3rd at Miliken State Park in Detroit at 1900 Atwater Street, this has makings of an amazing social gathering. With acts that represent talent from Detroit both legendary and cutting edge, the festival is poised to provide an experience that is truly unique to our city. Delano Smith, Kyle Hall, Terrence Parker, Mike Clark, Norm Talley, Eddie Fowlkes, DJ Psycho, Golf Clap and many, many more make a lineup that any Detroiter would die for… we have long known the treasure our city holds, and this festival is a true testament to the rich soil this land was built on.
There is something special about the name Charivari, and it seems to fit the city and the event perfectly. After some research about the peculiar name, I made some interesting discoveries. In Detroit, a legendary party series named Charivari created a cult following in the early 80s with the high school party scene, that supported and helped spawn some of the earliest electronic music. The term suggests that in earlier days the less influential people would voice their opinions through loud gatherings of people, where they would bang pots and pans, with a particular issue in mind. The goal of Charivari in the early European times, was to fascilitate change within the social structure with a loud demonstration in order to draw attention and engage the public. It was a means in which small communities established and upheld their identities, and it seems to have merged over to the modern artistic community. It is obvious how one could draw a comparison to the artistic movement, and the Detroit music festival with the same name seems to have been very well identified. With the artist base entirely from Detroit, it has a quality that no other festival of electronic music can claim. The lineup displays the plethora of talent available in this area, and it gives a generous amount of love to the less-mentioned genre of Detroit’s electronic music scene… House
For a little more history about the name, we delve into the catalogue of records produced in Detroit in 80′s. The short-lived group from Detroit ‘A Number Of Names’ was responsible for one of the first Techno releases in history, and it was named Sharevari. The name of the track Sharevari evolved from the legendary Charivari parties. The track name was altered slightly to avoid any possible conflict with the Charivari party promoters. The famous radio DJ The electrifying Mojo had a hand in naming the group, due to their extremely large number of contributors.
Music has always been the most influential form of information. The audience is engaged, the heart is open, and with those properties, real messages can be delivered. Music touches the soul, and is one of the only true links to the youth that isn’t suspiciously objected by the young people of today. The culture that develops out of music is a calling to a simpler time, and a more evolved time in the same breath. It is what is brings out that which is deep within us, but must be pounded out through the blocked up energy that we live with each day. It must be beckoned to escape the overloaded world of today’s constant information stream, and vibrated into one with the rest of the world that is willing to be present. These are the roots of social change, and they start with gathering, dancing, and loud noises. Don’t miss Charivari happening August 2nd-3rd at Miliken State Park.